Shola Ameobi played the full game for Newcastle United reserves and Celestine Babayaro got 67 minutes under his belt, as he played his first game for any Newcastle team since early March. Babayaro has been struggling with a persistent groin strain.
However, Newcastle were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool in their first away defeat of the season.
Celestine Babayaro – played for 67 minutes for Newcastle Reserves at Liverpool
Australian winger Harry Kewell put Liverpool in front from a Sebastian Leto corner which he headed home nicely. Kewell is another player coming back after a rather lengthy injury.
Newcastle youngster Jonny Godsmark leveled the scores just 3 minutes before half time, when he capitalized on a Ronald Huth error. Jonny raced clear through on goal and made no mistake, when he put the ball nicely past Liverpool goalkeeper Martin.
Liverpool however prevailed and unfortunately for Newcastle it was a rare mistake from Magpies goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who fumbled the ball and Jordy Brouwer converted easily from close range.
The win takes Liverpool Reserves above Newcastle in the league on goal difference, and they still have a game in hand on Newcastle. Newcastle fell to 5th place out of 10 teams in the Barclays Reserve League North.
Liverpool Reserves: Martin, Darby, Insua, Kelly, Huth, Spearing, Plessis, Lindfield (Pacheco 82), El Zhar, Kewell (Brouwer 46 (Putterill 89)), Leto
Newcastle United Reserves: Forster, Bertram (Francis 61), Babayaro (Lough 67), Doninger (Danquah 82), Edgar, Morris, Lua Lua, Pattison, Ameobi, Godsmark, Troisi
Referee: I K Scarr